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MY 7TH WEEK IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

MAR 19 - MAR 25

sickness & health

Last week was typical for my time here in "The Rose of the North".

After my morning routine, I walk to my favorite coffee shop where the mother and daughter always greet me with a smile and a Sawadee Krup (Thai for "Hello"), not to be confused with a sweaty cup.

While enjoying my iced latte and chocolate crackers, I code and focus on the more urgent matters of my work {such as getting this newsletter out}.

After about 3 hours, I head out and usually stop at a 7-11 to get a banana for 8 baht, which is the equivalent of a quarter.

I made a greater effort last week, at this point in the day, to see the inside of some of the glittering Buddhist temples.

Before last week I hadn't been inside any because I’ve been focused on my work and because I felt weird about it.

For example, what if someone walked into a church while people were praying and was just like, “Don't mind me while I take a picture for my Instagram.”

But with that said, it’s encouraged here. Inside the temples you can find buddhist monks posing for pictures with tourists. I guess buddhism is more lax and the economics are so powerful. The city’s entire economy is based on tourism.

After visiting a temple, I then head to a co-working space I rent on a monthly basis.

I like how spacious this one is and throughout the day there are about 30 or so people, who are disproportionally white European males.

I leave the co-working space at around 8pm to get dinner. I go to a handful of the same places. At one such location, upon seeing me the woman behind the counter yells into the kitchen, "It's the Masa Masa man!"

I smile at her and take my seat to read while I await my Masa, which is a spicy chicken and potato soup served with rice on the side for under $2.

I like doing, eating, and wearing the same things to reserve my willpower for the more important decisions in life.

On Tuesday, while awaiting my soup, a man collapsed to the floor in a seizure and passed out. The workers quickly called an ambulance, which arrived 10 minutes later. The man was still unconscious when they lifted him onto a stretcher and drove away. No one knew him. We wondered if he was okay.

When I went back the following day, I saw him across the room sipping on Masa.

While walking home I'll listen to podcasts. One intriguing thing that was said is comedians and depression often go hand-in-hand because depression creates a greater appreciation for laughter.

I often take laughter for granted. I'm funny. Some would say, "Hilarious". And with this great power comes the great responsibility to make more people laugh, even if it comes at my own expense.

Once I get back to my place it’s a bit of a free-for-all. It's often a mix of coding, writing, filming & showering, interspersed with porn. I mean watching YouTube videos.

At 11pm I'll often take a walk to get some chocolate milk, and if I’ve been an extra good boy, some cookies too {Total cost: $0.50}.

I’ll spend the last few minutes of my evening jumping around the room killing mosquitoes or inspecting my mattress for fire ants, which I discovered was a lot, after I woke up with several bites on my legs!

KILL THEM ALL!!!

They gave me a new mattress.

Laying in bed I’ll read. I’m currently reading a book on Thomas Jefferson. In the coming weeks I’ll make a life lessons video on him so keep an eye out for that, but in the mean time I'll leave you with an inspirational Thomas Jefferson quote...

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

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